International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 2, Issue 12, Part L (2016)
Effect of Sudarshan Kriya yoga on prehypertension and stage 1 hypertension
Hypertension is popularly called as ‘Silent Killer’ with prevalence of 29.8% in India. Hypertension is directly responsible for 57% of all stroke deaths and 24% of all coronary heart disease deaths in India. Due to varying patient response to different anti-hypertensives, as monotherapy or combination, their efficacy, tolerance, compliance, complication rates and severity, the need for assessment of effectiveness of complimentary and alternative therapeutic modalities arises. Sudarshan Kriya is a systematically structured sequence of asanas, pranayams and mindfulness meditation taught by The Art of Living. 72 subjects with Prehypertension and Stage I hypertension, no other associated diseases, were recruited into the study where they were taught Sudarshan Kriya for 5 days and left for daily home practice and follow up sessions every Sunday. Blood pressure was recorded at enrollment, at the end of 6 weeks and 12 weeks. Only 33 subjects were compliant to the procedure and included for data analysis. The mean systolic BP decreased from 139.76mmHg to 132.48 mmHg (6 weeks, P<0.001) and then to 129.7 mm Hg (12 weeks, P<0.001). The mean diastolic BP decreased from 86.42mmHg to 82.24mmHg (6 weeks, P<0.001) and then to 80 mmHg (12 weeks, P<0.001). Since the subjects were not on any other modality of treatment, the decline is attributed to proper regular practice of duly initiated and maintained Sudarshan Kriya Yoga. Sudarshan Kriya Yoga is reasonably safe and can be effectively used for treatment of Prehypertension and Stage I hypertension, alone or with an anti-hypertensive drugs as stand-by, as per the discretion of the treating physician.
How to cite this article:
Dr. Chandrakanta Mishra, Dr. Archana Mishra, Eshaan Mishra. Effect of Sudarshan Kriya yoga on prehypertension and stage 1 hypertension. Int J Appl Res 2016;2(12):831-833.